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Church of Sao Lourenco de Almancil

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Address: Rua da Igreja | Sao Lourenco, Almancil 8135-027, Portugal
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+351 289 395 451
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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USD 38.47*
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East Algarve Day Trip Including Almancil, Faro, Olhao and Tavira
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Beautiful church

Extraordinary blue tiling, some depicting the poor martyred St Lourenco being roasted alive in an effort to make him recant his faith- he did not. Make the effort to go there... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Huntingdon, United Kingdom
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Huntingdon, United Kingdom
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34 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Extraordinary blue tiling, some depicting the poor martyred St Lourenco being roasted alive in an effort to make him recant his faith- he did not. Make the effort to go there. Small entrance fee.

Thank johnny064
Inwood, West Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2017

On Christmas day, we went to San Lorenzo for Christmas mass. The church goes back to the 1700's and is tiled completely in blue tiles depicting the story of St. Lawrence. The deacon asked me to read the second reading in English as the mass was said by the priest in Portuguese, English and French. A charming, lovely old church... More 

Thank 631BarbaraM
South East England
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12 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

The church was advertised as a place of interest but there was nothing in the literature to say that photographs of the inside were not permitted

Thank LORAC10
Lisbon, Portugal
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2016

This church has its interiors covered with magnificent tiles. It is astonishing to see such a beauty. It worths a detour just to have a look.

Thank Joao R
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

Beautiful!!!! Well worth taking the trip to see the best example of Algarve decorative tile work. you can't take pictures once inside the church but they are plenty of postcards to chose from at the entrance.

Thank 51ontario
Greater London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

This really is worth a visit. The interior is truly amazing. They dont allow photography inside so the blue tiling has to be seen to be believed.It is a little difficult to find but parking is easy and you must visit the cemetery aswell, It really is a special place and you can do it in an hour but it... More 

Thank Max H
Madera, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

This small visual delight will amaze you when you open the curtain to the chapel. IT IS TRULY STUNNING. In a country full of beautiful churches this little one really stands out. Our guide said it is not really open to the general public, that one needs an appt. I bought a sweet little nativity memento from here to always... More 

Thank trra
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

The church is truely beautiful, covered with blue ceramic characteristic of the area. However we did not like the rather cold reception, the necesity to pay a fee and above all the impossibility to take any photo (even in the entrancy !!).

Thank L T
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016 via mobile

São Lourenço in Almancil or Saint Lawrence Church: We are happy that we visited this little but a unique church, though we have visited many beautiful churches around the world. There is an entry fee of €2 to visit inside which is more than worth to pay and visit inside. The interior of this little church is beautifully made up... More 

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Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

Blue and white tiled biblical scenes cover ceiling and all walls. In quite remarkable condition for their age. Not easy to find - just off N125 east of Almansil, but well worth the detour.

Thank Ian F

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